Blu-ray Review Jack and Jill
Directed by: Dennis Dugan Cast: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp Running Time: 1 hr 33 mins Rating: PG Due Out: March 6, 2012
PLOT: A TV commercial director (Sandler) attempts to use his visiting twin sister (Sandler) to convince Al Pacino to star in a commercial.
WHO'S IT FOR?: Families can use this film to test the limits of their child’s humor relating to stupidity. If you didn’t get enough product placement from Zookeeper, you’ll receive a barrage of it from Jack and Jill. If you're looking for the second worst movie of 2011, you've found it.
It’s quite fair to say that Adam Sandler hasn’t worked a day in his life after meta-declaring himself “dying” in Judd Apatow’s Funny People. Since then, Sandler has been on vacation, wearing over-sized t-shirts and calling upon various friends (from both the Happy Madison entourage and Hollywood’s yester-years) to fill in roles as either cameos or full supporting sidekicks. Who else would hire Rob Schneider for a movie like Grown Ups, or give Al Pacino the “opportunity” of admitting that he’s definitely lost it?
Sandler pays for such vacations (Grown Ups, Just Go With It, and now this) with egregious product placement, with Jack and Jill taking the shame cake for the worst I’ve seen this year (worst than Zookeeper, which featured a prominent fake orgy of fun at a restaurant named after a day). Certain products are given aggressive placement in his movie by obviously facing beer bottles etc., or even more horrendous, an actual “cameo” by a product’s spokesperson himself. (I will not give the companies a crumb of satisfaction by naming them.) A scene involving Al Pacino rapping in the name of one company might top the dancing sequence in Mac and Me for most evil moment of movie marketing.
Jack and Jill, as its own vacation in the Sandler travel book, is an astonishingly lazy movie that doesn’t care to make any of its characters likable, or to even give them creative names as twins for that matter. It relies heavily on the low expectations of its audience regarding Sandler, and manages to go way below that.
In this “vacation,” Sandler goes to a movie, a basketball game, and then on a cruise. Only a shill like Adam Sandler could confuse fun for total misery.
MOVIE SCORE: 1/10
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